Three Dallas officers indicted for allegedly assaulting George Floyd p…
Two Dallas SWAT officers and a local police officer have been formally indicted by a grand jury for allegedly assaulting protesters marching in sustain of George Floyd during the summer of 2020.
“The negative light that has been shown on our department today is difficult for the brave men and women who protect our city day in and day out,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said during a press conference Friday.
“The message to the community today should be: in light of these protests, riots and looting, that there were hundreds of officers that were specialized and did their duty to defend this city.”
The first officer, Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Ryan Mabry, has been accused of shooting at the minimum three protesters with “less-lethal munitions,” including Brandon Saenz, who lost an eye and seven teeth and suffered a facial fracture. Mabry, who is on administrative leave, was indicted on six counts of aggravated assault by a public servant, two counts of deadly conduct and three counts of official oppression.
Dallas police officers wearing riot gear stand at a distance as supporters of Black Lives Matter protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas on May 31, 2020. (Ben Torres/AP)
The second officer, former Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Melvin Williams, also allegedly used “less-lethal munitions” on several protesters. One, Vincent Doyle, before told the Dallas Morning News that he lost 40% of the vision in his left eye after being hit. Williams, who was fired in January for violating the department’s use-of-force policy in a separate incident, was indicted on four counts of aggravated assault by a public servant, two counts of deadly conduct and three counts of official oppression.
Garland Police Officer Joe Privitt was indicted on one count of aggravated assault by a public servant, but details on his alleged actions have not been made public.
“Was every situation perfect? Absolutely not. There is no police chief that dealt with protests who could tell you everything they did was perfect,” Garcia said.
“However, I can tell you that the intent of the officers was to protect the city, and I’m not quite sure if there was criminal intent.”
Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan argued that the officers had to make “divided-second decisions under the most dangerous of circumstances to protect their lives and the lives and character of the citizens of Dallas, often placing themselves in harm’s way while doing so.”
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